Coyotes Cause Fear In Florence Neighborhood

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Cheryl Gunnells has lived in Florence for the last five years.

She says her life changed when her dog was killed by a coyote three years ago in her backyard.

“We think as pets as our family. And they’re precious to us and they’re dear to us and we feel like we should protect them to and I feel like I let Max done because I was uninformed,” said Gunnells.

Gunnells says coyotes are back in her area and she fears the same situation will happen with her new dog.

“The last sighting was right next door to me at my neighbor’s fence. It was in the morning. Which was very surprising to us because we’ve been told that the animals should only come out at night. But now we are starting to see them during the day time hours,” said Gunnells.

Vinny Grosso is supervisor at the Florence – Lauderdale Animal Control.

Grosso says coyotes won`t harm humans and says what Gunnells saw was a hybrid, a mix between a dog and a coyote.

“Just know that we are doing the best we can and we are going to continue to try to catch the coyotes. But it’s a slow process and we are dealing with, you know, at any given time. We’re talking about hundreds of coyotes that are in the city and we may have a problem one or two that are a nuisance. But we are trying our best to get them off the streets. We have in the past and we’ll continue to do it,” said Grosso.

Gunnells hopes animal control can catch these animals so no one has to suffer a special loss like she did.